BACKYARD BROADCASTING JULY 5, 2021

FATAL PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Just after 11 p.m, last evening, in the 900 Block of High Street, Williamsport, two pedestrians were struck, leaving one dead and the other transported to the hospital. The incident remains under investigation and details will be released when available.

FELONIES STEMMING FROM CRACK SALES

Alyia West, 38, of Williamsport is accused of selling crack to a confidential informant five times over the course of a month, according to detectives from the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office. Alyia West was charged with multiple felonies. Bail was set at $75,000 monetary.  She is detained at the Lycoming County Prison with a preliminary hearing set for July 15.

FENTANYL SALES SEND MONTGOMERY MAN TO JAIL

A Montgomery man was arrested after officers said he sold Fentanyl to a confidential informant twice. Donovan Scott Peterson was charged with two felonies. Detective Robert Anderson said on Nov. 23 of 2020, Peterson met with the CI in the Sheetz Parking lot on Maynard Street. Detectives witnessed a hand-to-hand deal with the CI for .3 grams of Fentanyl. On Dec. 15, Detectives said Peterson sold $140 worth of Fentanyl to the CI. According to northcentralpa.com, Peterson’s bail was set at $40,000 monetary. He is detained in the Lycoming County Prison with his next court appearance July 6.

FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT AGAINST THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR EXTREME BULLYING

A family in Union County who alleges their child was a victim of extreme bullying at Lewisburg Area School District filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges the student, who attended Linntown Intermediate School in Lewisburg, was repeatedly called a rapist and pedophile based on a rumor that had circulated. The bullying, which began in November 2020, eventually caused the 14-year-old boy to suffer psychological effects, including depression, and physical illness, according to the complaint. The child eventually left the school and finished the academic year at a home school program.The complaint was filed at federal court in Williamsport on June 15 by the boy’s mother, Kathleen Kurtz, and his stepfather, Robert Straub. According to a media outlet, the district, accused of violating Title IX, thereby  not providing a safe learning environment for the student or addressing the bullying and sexual harassment by other students.

WILLIAMSPORT MAN HELD ON $50,000 BAIL

A preliminary hearing was scheduled this week for a Williamsport man, held on $50,000 monetary bail at the Lycoming County Prison. Michael Lamont Jones of Williamsport, is accused of selling crack to an undercover officer during two controlled buys. According to northcentralpa.com, detectives with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office said in Oct. of 2018 they purchased approximately $100 worth of crack from Jones on two separate occasions. Jones was charged with two felonies.

26TH ANNUAL SET THE NITE TO MUSIC FIREWORKS EXTRAVANGAZA

The 26th Annual Set the Nite to Music Fireworks Extravaganza was a huge success yesterday, as the entire area filled with enthusiastic folks, who enjoyed food from on-site street vendors, live music from several bands and  a  huge fireworks display, set off from the Market Street Bridge. Mayor Derek Slaughter spoke at the event, dedicating it to essential workers.Special thanks to the Williamsport Bureau of Fire, Williamsport Bureau of Police, the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and UPMC EMS for your presence at the event.

26TH ANNUAL SEET THE NITE TO MUSIC FIREWORKS EXTRAVANGAZA

The 26th Annual Set the Nite to Music Fireworks Extravaganza was enjoyed by many yesterday. People filled the parking areas of the Hampton Inn to watch a world class fireworks display, fired off the Market Street Bridge. Mayor Derek Slaughter spoke before the fireworks. Special thanks to the Williamsport Bureau of Fire, Williamsport Bureau of Police, the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Office and UPMC EMS for your presence at the event.

NO DEATH PENALTY FACING TEXAS MAN IN 1ST DEGREE MURDER

A Texas man will not face a possible death penalty if he is convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a woman whose body was found on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania earlier this year.Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson officially ruled out the possibility of capital punishment Thursday in the case of 29-year-old Tracy Ray Rollins Jr. of Dallas, according to an online media outlet. Johnson said he agreed not to seek the death penalty if Rollins waived his preliminary hearing, which he did in May.Rollins is charged with homicide and abuse of corpse in the death of 47-year-old Rebecca Landrith, whose body was found Feb. 7 along an I-80 eastbound ramp. Rollins remains jailed without bail and has waived formal arraignment in county court that was scheduled for July 26.

 

 

 

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